Here are the Top Par 3 Holes in the World.
Here are the Top Par 3 Holes in the World. How many have you played?
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Augusta Nationals 12th hole is not the most difficult, but definitely the most famous.
These famous holes are in Ireland, Portugal, Scotland, the USA, and Mexico. Par-3 holes can look very benign and are usually very pretty, but, as Scott Stevens says in his blog, “… the wind can cause havoc with any tee shot.”
I have played only 4 of the beautiful yet intimidating, 10 Par-3 holes showcased here (including the featured image). My vote for the toughest goes to Royal Troon’s Postage Stamp #8. I very nearly aced this the last time I played there! Wouldn’t that have been special?
Whilst the selection of the best par 3 holes in the world may come down to an individual’s personal taste, there is no doubt that certain par 3’s stand out above others. Many par 3’s are challenging, whereas others are made purely to delight. Here is a rundown of the top 10 par 3 holes in the world as depicted by
The pictures alone, in this story, make me long to play the 3 holes I have not visited so far. 2 of them are in the US, so it’s doable!
10. Trump International Golf Club – Hole 14 – Ireland.
Trump International Golf Club – Hole 14 – Ireland
Designed by Greg Norman, Doonbeg Golf Club, Ireland features a very short par 3 of just 111 yards. However, do not be deceived in to thinking it will be a stroll in the park, located on the coast, as soon as the wind picks up the tee shot becomes a very tough challenge. Any slight misjudgement will be punished.
9. Whistling Straits – Hole 17 – USA.
An intimidating hole to say the least!
Stretching over 220 yards, the par 3, 17th hole on The Straits is enough to send a shiver down your spine. Looking up from the tee, the huge, deep bunkers are the first, obvious dangers that catch the eye but drift too far left and the sharp decline towards the water comes in to play.
8. Vale Do Lobo Royal – Hole 16 – Portugal.
What a scenic golf hole!
One of the most photographed holes in European golf, the 16th
hole at Vale Do Lobo Royal measures in at a total of 224 yards. The tee is situated on the edge of a cliff, which provides an additional adrenaline rush for those suffering with vertigo. The first task is to clear the cliffs between tee and green.
7. TPC Scottsdale – Hole 16 – USA.
Fun to be there on Sunday!
The difficulty or the design of this par 3 hole would probably not be enough for it to make the list, however, to witness this hole during the Phoenix Open is something else. The set-up is something out of a gladiator movie. Spectators screaming and shouting from stalls situated around the hole. The intimidation factor can be enough to beat many players on this hole.
6. Cypress Point – Hole 16 – USA.
I played this course in 1997!
The Pacific Ocean provides the main hazard of this magnificent par 3, 16th hole at Cypress Point. However, successfully sending your ball over the water does not necessarily guarantee results. Well placed bunkers and an average sized green can provide difficulties, especially to those who start to relax having made it over to the other side.
Thanks for reading – Here are the Top Par 3 Holes in the World. Add some of these to your bucket list. I know I have!
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